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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month


According to Dr. Marty Becker of the Fear Free Pet Initiative, 1.4 million American dogs and cats have diabetes mellitus. This condition causes blood sugar, known as glucose, to raise to unsafe levels. Pets with diabetes either have too little insulin in their body or their body doesn’t know how to use glucose appropriately. Unfortunately, the rate of animal diabetes is increasing as fast as it is in humans. Currently, the disease affects one in 200 cats and one in 500 dogs. Burmese cats and the Australian Terrier, Samoyed, Schnauzer, and Toy Poodle dog breeds tend to receive the diagnosis most often.


Join the Great American Smokeout on November 16 to Help Your Pet Breathe Easier

Nearly everyone know that smoking is bad for people, but some don’t realize the serious health consequences of secondhand smoke on pets. Dogs and cats who live in a home with one or more smokers have a much higher risk of developing some of the serious diseases that we get, including heart disease and cancer.
On Thursday, November 16, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is sponsoring its annual Great American Smokeout. If you smoke, ACS encourages you to set this as your quit date and join millions of other Americans in kicking the habit for good. Like any habit you’re trying to break, it starts by getting through the first day. If you can go 24 hours without smoking, you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle for both you and your pet.

Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy This Halloween


Between the constantly ringing doorbell, little people dressed in costumes, and treats and decorations they’re not supposed to touch, the Halloween season can be a stressful one for dogs and cats. While your pet may not enjoy this holiday nearly as much as your human family members do, you can take several steps to at least make it tolerable. This starts with not tempting your dog or cat with human treats.